COTA breaks ground on new facility for music and theatre
By Cheryl Anderson Brown
(Above) (From left) Prof. John Gentile, Dean Joseph Meeks, Daniel S. Papp, Asst. Vice Regent Sharon Brittain, Asst. Vice President John Anderson, Prof. Peter Witte and Doug Beatty of Beatty Construction
(Below) Samson Oyegunle of the University System of Georgia shows the floor plans to Prof. Ming Chen.
Photos by Cheryl Anderson Brown
The College of the Arts at Kennesaw State University is continuing to expand the Arts District with an addition to the existing Joe Mack Wilson Building. The college held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new annex on April 25.
Located between the Wilson Building and the Dr. Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center, which opened in October 2007, the new two-story building includes student practice rooms and studios for the Department of Music as well as a 125-seat black box theater for the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies. Construction began earlier this spring and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2008.
The building provides much-needed facilities that will allow both departments to meet the high standards of their respective accrediting agencies, the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Theatre, which reaffirmed accreditation for the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies last week.
NASM will review accreditation for the Department of Music in 2009. That review will include a site visit to inspect the quality and appropriateness of the department's facilities, as well as and academic programs.